The Effects of Video Games on Children

1288 Words Jun 20th, 2018 6 Pages
The Effects of Video Games on Children
Technology today has progressed rapidly from generation to generation. Children and young adults are both into video games and the latest gadgets out there. Video games have been available to customers for the last 30 years. They are a unique way to entertain individuals because they encourage players to become a part of the game's script. Victor Strasburger an author of “Children, Adolescents, and the media” stated “The rising popularity of video games has instigated a debate among parents, re searchers, video game producers, and policymakers concerning potential harmful effects of video games on children.” Currently, in The Bahamas you can normally see laptops and gaming consoles at home, community
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Games such as Kinect adventures or Wii sports are great for children because it encourages them to be active while spending time with family and friends.
However, video games can have a negative impact on children. Several video games encourage children to kill and fight enemies. Violence is life threatening and is a devastating theme of many video games today. Violent games such as Grand theft auto, Halo and Doom promote things like killing and violence of people, criminal behavior, disrespect for the law, and obscene language. Parents can even buy game controllers that look like a real gun for their children and may not think that it’s a big deal. This is sending the message to children that it is ok to play with guns. David Walsh in an article “National Institute on Media and the Family” stated “Children are more likely to imitate the actions of a character with whom they identify. In violent video games the player is often required to take the point of view of the shooter or perpetrator.” Video games are making violence look cool to
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